“Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer

The Great Lord Feige has found us worthy. And for that, may we be thankful.

Responding with lightning speed to an online leak, Marvel Studios posted the first teaser trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” a week ahead of schedule.

It had been due to debut with next week’s episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, but the Internet had other ideas. Marvel, of course, had a sense of humour about that (via Twitter):

 

I’d call the two minutes and 17 seconds above a resounding success, but then I am a wholly biased Whedon fanboy (I even think that “Dollhouse” has it’s moments).  James Spader does creepy superbly, even with his voice run through lots of filters…

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in the UK on 24 April 2015 and in the US on 1 May 2015.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” – Marvel’s cosmic gamble?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bz0QOOT9Hk

Never let it be said that Marvel don’t take risks.  Not since Kevin Feige and the Cinematic House of Ideas took a chance on a trash-talking billionaire has there been such a risky proposition for the filmic arm of the comics giant.

Somehow, after watching the second trailer for August’s “Guardians of the Galaxy“, I get the sense that Marvel Studios and writer/director James Gunn have pulled together the kind of cosmos-spanning, action-driven sci-fi comedy which DC’s misbegotten “Green Lantern” adaptation tried to be and failed.

Of course, a trailer can be cut to accentuate the positive and obscure the very worst that a film has to offer – I was hyped for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” until I, you know, saw it – but the energy, snark and bonkers creativity just pours off the screen, doesn’t it?

Dare we hope that Marvel’s cinematic slate for 2014 is a one-two punch of awesome (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” being the other part of the equation)?  Heck, if you count the mysterious “Big Hero Six” animated feature from Disney this autumn, we’ve actually got three Marvel Cinematic Universe entries this year.

My most eagerly anticipated film of the year stars a talking tree and a homicidal, ordinance-packing space raccoon: I’m not sure what that says about me…